Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Other Boleyn Girl [DVD]

This film is an adaptation of the novel by Philippa Gregory and stars Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Australia's own Eric Bana. It tells the story of the Boleyn sisters, Anne and Mary, who for the sake of family ambition, must compete for the attentions of King Henry VIII. There are no surprises here; we all know the story. But this version concentrates on the complex relationship between the sisters, who are loyal and treacherous, allies and rivals all at the same time. Natalie Portman gives a good performance as driven and manipulative Anne, surely the most infamous of all the Queens of England. Watch for a good performance by David Morrissey as the heartless Duke of Norfolk, uncle to the girls and the film's ultimate baddie and for a great array of pensive looks from Eric Bana. For those of us for whom historical accuracy matters, this film does not stray too far from the known record.
Rating - I give this 3/5 Not bad!
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Historical novels by Philippa Gregory available from the library
Reviewed by Julie @ home

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